This Sunday, June 4, against Athletic Bilbao, Karim Benzema played his last match with Real Madrid for the last day of the Spanish championship. A 648th meeting under the colors of a club where the French striker will remain a legend.
was made this Sunday morning, no doubt to offer in the afternoon, to the public of Santiago-Bernabéu, the opportunity to pay tribute one last time to Karim Benzema during the last day against Bilbao (1-1) . And the 80,000 spectators in the Madrid enclosure were quick to give the French striker a standing ovation, who will not soon forget this moment.
Real Madrid will not forget Karim Benzema either, the kid who arrived from his native Lyon in 2009 to conquer the biggest club in the world, like his compatriots who left their names in the history of the “White House”, Raymond Kopa (1956-1959) and Zinedine Zidane (2001-2006).
But Karim Benzema will have been the greatest of the French at Real Madrid, playing 648 matches for 354 goals, 148 assists, in all competitions and above all winning 25 titles including five Champions Leagues. He remains today behind Cristiano Ronaldo the second best scorer in the history of the club.
The club’s second top scorer
He will have been the example of the complete striker in the Madrid club, in turn the greatest hope of Real, loyal lieutenant of Cristiano Ronaldo and finally undisputed leader in his last years in Spain, the best of his career. “El Nueve” (number 9), as he is nicknamed there, leaves Madrid at its peak: his last European coronation, in 2022, opened the doors to him for the Ballon d’Or, the first for a French player since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
His lackluster last season – failure in the C1 semi-final against Manchester City, currently second in La Liga – will not have had time to erase the trace left by “KB9”, in the wake of a campaign European hero last year. With 15 goals scored during this edition, he will remain the man of Madrid’s 14th title.
After the announcement of his departure, probably in Saudi Arabia (Al-Ittihad?), the tributes did not stop falling. “ Benzvini, Vinzema… It doesn’t matterwrote his teammate Vinicius on his Instagram account. The result has always been the same: goals, laughs, titles and, above all, learning. When the overly shy boy from Sao Gonçalo arrived in Madrid in 2018, you were the first to welcome me. I’ll never forget added the 22-year-old Brazilian. ” Goodbye Captain!!! pure magic “, launched for his part the central defender Nacho Fernandez, while Eder Militao wrote: “ Thanks Karim! Your beautiful story here at Real Madrid will be eternal. I’ll keep your advice, your love and your respect for me ».
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